Broomrape, Butterfly Orchids and Barn Owls

In common with other species of Broomrape the roots penetrates the host’s tissue and draws nutrients from it. With no need for chlorophyll the Broomrape lacks green pigment and the leaves have been reduced to withered brown scales. Key features that help to separate Carrot Read More …

Scratch Arse Ware

A few highlights from a far too brief walk through the National Trust managed Scratch Arse Ware in mid July. With Jake for company not an afternoon for a large camera and lens. Musk Thistle Pyramid Orchid   Wild Carrot. Unusually no sign of any Carrot Broomrape this year – probably Read More …

Worth Matravers

  Sitting on top of the chalk downs high above the English channel this has to one of the more picturesque villages we’ve seen. Leading down from the village a footpaths snakes it way through Winspit valley passing the ancient strip lynchets carved into the Read More …